I’m in the throes of a major learning ecosystem redevelopment project. Much of my radio silence has been the result of time spent “collecting bricks” – the materials I need for rebuilding this thing.
Some of the bricks have been material – changing development tools, developing an inventory of
toys applications that I can leverage (thank you IT colleagues!).
Some of the bricks have been people (or the labor for the structure) – the Data Whisperer, the Deputy Muck, members of the SWAT team, Syd and Cindy, a willing lab rat from HRIS….
Some of the bricks have been conceptual – defining roles, determining what “success” looks like, figuring out the order of the build.
It’s still early days.
We have essentially divided the ecosystem into three parts
Portal and access. For us, this means leveraging Active Directory and likely SharePoint. All I know is that we need to figure out a way to make it easy for people to find what they need. Today it is next to impossible with our multiple document systems and miscellaneous web pages.
Content Library. This includes any content purchased (SkillPort, miscellaneous outside tutorials) and content developed in-house. If we go the SharePoint route- I am hoping we can leverage existing materials vs having to create “special” exercises for classes. Big fan of “practice AND get work done” if I have to do training events. The students get real work done and I am able to provide more accurate context. Win for everyone.
Business Intelligence. Right now, I am working with the Data Whisperer and our LMS vendor to get the information from the LMS into a system where I can access information from other systems – most notably our HRIS and project management systems. As expected, it is proving more difficult than I had hoped.
Much of my efforts the past couple of months have been spent on getting our development toolset such that I am not creating a separate tutorial for each piece of hardware (thank you Articulate Storyline!) and developing the blueprint for this new program.
Lots of conversations. Lots of meetings. Lots of new people in my world. Lots of new, unfamiliar, and somewhat scary tasks.
It’s a good thing.